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The Trustee & Dessert Degustation - 15 Apr 2015

The Trustee - Dessert Degustation - Snickers Bar

I headed especially to The Trustee to try their dessert degustation. Before I started, I ordered the pork belly parcels which served up tender pork belly oozing the unmistakeable flavour that only pork belly can offer, surrounded by crunchy pastry and a blob of cranberry sauce. This was well paired with a delicious apple and red cabbage salad. Then it was on to the dessert degustation consisting of 5 courses. I loved the wattleseed and caramel ice cream, not so much the quince with pear tart. The lychee granita was so refreshing and enjoyed thoroughly with the rosewater panna cotta. The snickers bar was absolutely amazing along with the vanilla ice cream wafer. Lastly, the spearmint macaron and spearmint vanilla flavoured milkshake was an excellent finish to the meal. I love the dessert degustation which offers lots of variety, quality, execution, and taste. Five courses for $24 is well worth it, mind you, after the fourth course I was done. Plenty to keep you happy. . . . → Read More: The Trustee & Dessert Degustation – 15 Apr 2015

Millioncino - 2 Apr 2015

Millioncino - Sardine Spaghetti

Millioncino is a family run restaurant offering Sicilian cuisine, fine dining, an extensive wine list judging by the bottles about, but in a venue that wouldn’t look out of place in Rome. I took the waitstaff’s recommendation and went with a sardine, pine nut, fennel and sultana spaghetti. A generous serving of sardine oil covered spaghetti, fine bread crumbs, chunks of small tasty sardines, and a fruity burst from the sultanas. A delicious dish that satisfies. I also had cannoli which was filled with lots of rich mascarpone and a lesser amount of ricotta inside a crisp and crunchy pastry. Pretty tasty but prefer a less richer version and a slightly soft pastry. . . . → Read More: Millioncino – 2 Apr 2015

Asado - 31 Mar 2015

Asado - Empanadas, House Relish

Asado have some lovely share plate items to introduce you to Argentinian street food but I feel they didn’t add enough punch in the flavour department apart from the empanada and ceviche. The salsa’s were tasty, but the chimmichurri was really lacking in acidic punch and parsley flavour. The rump cap was chewy meat lacking sufficient BBQ flavour to represent South American cuisine sufficiently and was an underwhelming dish. The desserts were pretty good, something different. The dishes are overpriced and certainly not worth their standing given they don’t blow you away. Overall, the food was above average but seemed to be holding back on letting the true flavours of South American cuisine shine through. . . . → Read More: Asado – 31 Mar 2015

V Burger Bar - 28 Mar 2015

V Burger Bar - Chicken Remoulade & Onion Rings

I stopped in to the East Vic Park store to try an item from the new summer range. I opted for the chicken remoulade and also got a side of onion rings. The onion is well cooked and covered in a golden brown crunchy batter that stays crunchy right to the end. The chicken remoulade burger has a lovely flavoursome chicken patty with the coriander flavour coming through. It just needed a touch of seasoning. The exterior carries a lovely crunch. I really like the slightly sweet Turkish buns, and the tasty remoulade and aioli tie the salad together to produce a tasty burger. I’m stuffed. . . . → Read More: V Burger Bar – 28 Mar 2015

Cocina Bandito - 26 Mar 2015

Cocina Bandito - The Full Castro

The menu offers a small selection of dishes but you can get a cut down version all three mains for just $20 with corn chips, salsa, and guacamole. I really liked the variety and taste all three dishes offered. The toasted bread roll with mustard, Monterey Jack cheese and tender beef brisket is comfort food. The lettuce cups with spiced rice and salsa offers up refreshing flavours. The tender pork belly with black rice and black eyed peas was excellent too, especially with the orange and star anise sauce. I also got some dessert, the infinity donuts, which were a bit firm but tasty in the Havana club syrup. . . . → Read More: Cocina Bandito – 26 Mar 2015

Shiro Izakaya - 20 Mar 2015

Shiro - Chicken Katsu Set with Tempura

Since I first visited, Shiro have revamped the lunch set to offer a bit less for a cheaper price. The prior lunch set used to be like a mini three course meal which left you stuffed. I think these lunch time sets are more accessible and suited to people’s appetites and budgets. For the price, they’re great value, offer variety, choice, and quality. I really liked the delicious katsu sauce which significantly livened up the plain steamed rice. Along with the crunchy crumbed succulent chicken, the light crispy batter of the tempura, the soothing miso soup, and the refreshing garden salad and dressing, it made for a delicious meal. . . . → Read More: Shiro Izakaya – 20 Mar 2015

The Generous Squire - 19 Mar 2015

The Generous Squire - Lamb Ribs with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

I did use the Entertainment Book to get a discount but for 3 dishes at a full price of $46, or $23 each, it’s pretty good value considering we got variety and some tasty food. I really liked the vegetable tart which had a lovely well balanced filling between the pumpkin and blue cheese. The slow cooked beef brisket was tender within the sliders though needed a bit of a boost in flavour and the tomato sauce helped moisten things up. The onion rings contained a lovely crunchy crisp light batter and were delicious. The lamb ribs were very tender and tasty and didn’t require the chipotle barbecue sauce. Lovely all round meal. . . . → Read More: The Generous Squire – 19 Mar 2015

Next Door @ No 4 Blake Street - 15 Mar 2015

Next Door At No 4 Blake Street - Beef Intercostal, Burnt Cauliflower, Parsley

No 4 Blake Street still presents fine cuisine at it’s restaurant, but has transformed a part of the restaurant into a casual wine bar with share plates of varying sizes called Next Door @ No 4. I went for this and there’s a feed me option (“Trust The Chef” at $50pp) where the chef selects bread, a couple of snacks, 2 of the smaller dishes, 3 of the larger dishes, and a dessert. This is a great option so you don’t have to worry about making the tough decisions. We received a nice variety of dishes which left us satisfied and comfortably full. The highlights for me were the crispy potato skins, duck and taleggio croquettes with hazelnut marmalade, and the beef intercostal. Casual, variety, taste, easy. A great option though a little pricey. . . . → Read More: Next Door @ No 4 Blake Street – 15 Mar 2015

Bushfood Factory and Cafe - 6 Mar 2015

Bushfood Cafe - Gourmet Native Platter

The Bushfood Cafe seems a hidden gem. What a way to be able to enjoy food using native Australian ingredients which are prepared in a variety of dishes. The gourmet native platter gives this variety and is excellent value considering the many items on the platter, the quality, and taste. The store has lots of different things to try out so don’t be shy, pick up some spices and give it a go. Oh, and grab some of their delicious food as well. Fantastic! . . . → Read More: Bushfood Factory and Cafe – 6 Mar 2015

Jades @ 14 Peels Place - 6 Mar 2015

Jade's - Pancakes with Bacon & Maple Syrup

Wow! What a serving. Three pancakes with heaps of bacon in a pool of maple syrup. The pancakes were delicious. Nice and soft and fluffy, you can’t ask any more from a pancake. The maple syrup adds just a touch of sweetness without being too sweet. There’s heaps of bacon on the plate which is filling. I personally like my bacon nice and crisp but while some bits are a little crunchy, others are moist. In Perth you would get two pancakes that aren’t as good and bacon is a rarity, maybe, two slender rashes. This dish is very generous. I should have got a tart juice to go along with this delicious dish. Excellent! . . . → Read More: Jades @ 14 Peels Place – 6 Mar 2015